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Procurement Notice Details
Steel pressure vessels [design and manufacture of double beam box vacuum vessel]
Purchaser: United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
24/08/2018 S162 - - Supplies - Prior information notice without call for competition - Not applicable
United Kingdom-Abingdon: Steel pressure vessels
Prior information notice
This notice is for prior information only
Section I: Contracting authority
Name and addresses
United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority
Culham Science Centre
Contact person: Ben Grainger
Telephone: +44 1235465315
NUTS code: UKJ14
Main address: www.uk-atomic-energy.org.uk
Information about joint procurement
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
Other activity: Scientific Research
Section II: Object
Scope of the procurement
Design and Manufacture of Double Beam Box Vacuum Vessel
Main CPV code
Type of contract
The Authority has a requirement for the Design and Manufacture of a Double Bean Box Vacuum Vessel.
Estimated total value
Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
Additional CPV code(s)
Place of performance
NUTS code: UKJ14
Main site or place of performance:
Culham Science Centre, Abingdon, Oxfordshire.
Description of the procurement:
The UK Atomic Energy Authority is a non-departmental government body carrying out research into the potential of nuclear fusion as a future source of energy.
The Authority has a requirement for a vacuum vessel. The vessel shall be of welded stainless steel construction. Its purpose is to house, mount and align internal and external components, while providing feedthroughs for required services. Key requirements:
— the vessel must be designed to recognised ASME or European pressure vessel code as far as practicable,
— the vessel must be ultra-high vacuum compatible,
— mass of vessel body cannot exceed 14 500 kg,
— mass of vessel lid cannot exceed 10 000 kg,
— mounting points must be achieved with high degree of positioning accuracy and allow for adjustment,
— deflection must be minimised when under vacuum.
The scope of work for the design and build of the vacuum vessel could include (but is not limited to): detail design work encompassing regular progress meetings, stress analysis and design substantiation, preparation for detail design review, CAD models, manufacturing drawings including welding details, quality documentation, procurement specification, manufacture of all system components to procurement specification including jigs and fixtures, inspection and factory acceptance testing of all components, cleaning to UHV standards, delivery to site.
This PIN has been published to enable market research to commence to assess the reaction of the market to the proposed requirement and review available technologies. The Authority will conduct a dialogue with the marketplace. This may result in a call for competition based on the content of the requirement achieved through the dialogue.
The following documents provide further detail regarding the description of the requirement and can be accessed using the link provided below:
1) DBB Vacuum Vessel — Market Sounding Questions;
2) DBB Vacuum Vessel – Requirements Datasheet;
3) DBB Vessel and lid CAD Export for discussion only.
The link below will take you to a registration system where you will be requested to enter your contact details. Once you have submitted these you will receive an email that contains a direct link to the 3 documents listed above.
Please ignore the wording in the registration system email that implies that this is an invitation to tender.
A response to the Market Sounding Questions by 11.10.2018 would be appreciated.
Estimated date of publication of contract notice:
Section IV: Procedure
Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
Section VI: Complementary information
Date of dispatch of this notice:
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